In Memory of Bob Forsch

Cardinals pitcher Forsch dies at age 61
by Rick Hummel
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 4, 2011


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Bob Forsch, one of a handful of pitchers to have two no-hit games and the third winningest pitcher in Cardinals history, collapsed at his home near Tampa Fla., and died suddenly Thursday night.

Early reports from his wife, Jan, were that Forsch, 61, had suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest.

Forsch, who spent 15 seasons with the Cardinals from 1974-88, won 163 games for the club, ranking him third behind Bob Gibson (251) and Jesse "Pop" Haines (210). Employed as a minor league pitching coach in the Cincinnati organization for the last few years, Forsch was on three Cardinals World Series teams here under manager Whitey Herzog in 1982, 1985 and 1987.

Forsch threw the ceremonial first pitch here last Friday before Game 7 of the Cardinals' 11th World Series championship.

Forsch pitched no-hitters in 1978 and 1983 for the Cardinals, making him the only pitcher in club history to do that.

His best season was in 1977 when he won 20 games. He had 10 double-figure win seaons before finishing his career with Houston in 1989.